LIVE OAK, Fla. — Suwannee was going to need a near flawless performance to hang with Madison County on Friday.
That didn’t happen for the Bulldogs on their homecoming night.
The Cowboys (8-1) hit some big plays on offense and capitalized on a number of Suwannee mistakes to defeat the Bulldogs 50-12 at Paul Langford Stadium.
“Madison is a great team, but we didn’t show up,” said Suwannee coach Kyler Hall. “We got outcoached, we got outplayed. That was an old fashioned butt whipping.
“The pressure games, the games of significance — we have not played well.”
Suwannee had two early fumbles and also allowed Madison County to recover a pooch kick on the opening kickoff. Giving a potent Cowboys offense extra possessions led to a disastrous start as SHS fell behind 23-0 in the first quarter.
MCHS used big plays — Travis Jay threw a 58-yard touchdown pass and also ran for a 52-yard score while Vinsota Allen had an 81-yard touchdown run — to take a commanding first-half lead.
When SHS did hold on to the football, the offense moved well. The Bulldogs rushed for just fewer than 200 yards as a team and had two long scoring drives, both in the second quarter.
Carlton Hall finished with 97 yards on 12 carries, which included a 32-yard burst for a touchdown. Tyree Taylor completed 5 of 9 passes for 49 yards and Jaquez Moore ran for 46 yards and a score.
But the game was never close after all the early mistakes.
Suwannee (5-4) is still hoping for a possible playoff berth as a wild card. The Bulldogs will need to win next week and also receive some help from other teams.
"I don’t know what the point system looks like — I think we still got a (playoff) shot if we beat Taylor County," said Kyler Hall.
“But we’ve got a lot of things to correct before next Friday.”
Suwannee closes out the regular season at home next week against Taylor County.